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March 24, 2014
12:07 EDTNUS, HLF, P, AAPL, ARWR, ISIS, GILD, UPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following reports on the state of manufacturing in the U.S., China and the European Union. The Purchasing Managers' Indexes, or PMIs, showed that manufacturing activity contracted last month in China but that it had expanded again in the U.S. and the EU. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's manufacturing PMI for March fell to 55.5 from February's 57.1 reading. The reading was 1 point below the consensus forecast, but was still strongly in expansionary territory, as 50 is the dividing line between expansion and contraction. In China, Markit's flash PMI came in at 48.1, falling short of expectations for a 48.7 reading. In Europe, the PMI for the euro area as a whole came in at 53.2, which was just below last month's 32-month high reading of 53.3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) surged nearly 19% near midday after the company's China business was penalized only $540,000 for direct sales of certain products. Nu Skin said it is already taking steps to correct the issues raised in the AIC reviews and that it is not aware of any other material enforcement investigations currently pending in China. Research firm Deutsche Bank said it expects Nu Skin to announce a "significant" share repurchase program over the next several quarters after the China investigation was resolved with "modest" fines. Deutsche thinks today's news lifts an overhang on Nu Skin and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $110 price target. Meanwhile shares of Nu Skin's multi-level marketing peer Herbalife (HLF), which has also been accused of impropriety in China, are up about 8%. Herbalife had its own news this morning as well, as it announced that it has amended and restated its agreement with Carl Icahn and will nominate three new Icahn designees for election to the company’s board. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was MicroVision (MVIS), which jumped 20% after announcing that it has agreed to supply customized PicoP display modules to shipping giant UPS (UPS). Also higher was Symantec (SYMC), which rose 2% after research firm BMO Capital upgraded the stock and said it believes all strategic options, including a sale or divestiture of underperforming assets, will be considered following the company's recent termination of its CEO. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which dropped more than 15%. Research firm Piper Jaffray attributed the move lower to competitor ISIS Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) having announced preclinical data on its own antisense compound targeting hepatitis B virus, which is a clinical area that Arrowhead is also exploring. A number of other biotechnology companies' shares were also lower, with Oppenheimer attributing the continued weakness in the sector to investor concerns that were sparked by a letter sent Friday by several members of Congress to Gilead (GILD) regarding the price of its Hepatits C drug, Sovaldi. Also lower were shares of Internet radio company Pandora (P), which slid almost 9% after Billboard reported on Friday that Apple (AAPL) is considering launching a new music service and is also weighing a new iTunes app for Android smartphones. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 52.55, or 0.32%, to 16,250.22, the Nasdaq was down 66.01, or 1.54%, to 4,210.78, and the S&P 500 was down 12.25, or 0.66%, to 1,854.27.
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July 11, 2014
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTAAPLSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
08:49 EDTAAPLJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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08:25 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $112 from $102 at Canaccord
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07:37 EDTGILDAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
Discussion entitled, "How Will We Pay for Cost of Cures" focuses on improving the development of transformative medicines and developing financing mechanisms to pay for them and is being held in Washington, D.C. on July 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:36 EDTGILDJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple, Coke on board with Obama 'SupplierPay' initiative, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTAAPLAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: iWatch to enter mass production in November, 9to5Mac says
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06:10 EDTPJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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14:15 EDTHLFHerbalife p.r. flurry 'smells of desperation,' Seeking Alpha contributor says
Herbalife, in an effort to inform investors that 21 independent members are traveling to Washington D.C. in support of the company, released six nearly identical press releases this morning, as noted by Seeking Alpha contributor "Quoth the Raven." Putting the news out in this way, via six press releases instead of "one, concise release is unprofessional and farcical - it smells of desperation for positive press," according to the author, who disclosed a short position in the stock. Reference Link
14:14 EDTAAPLChinese telecom companies to cut marketing spending, WantChinaTimes says
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10:27 EDTAAPLInvenSense likely won designs across Apple product lines, says Rosenblatt
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09:56 EDTAAPLApple reportedly orders 68M iPhone 6 units, Mac Rumors reports
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:54 EDTAAPLTSMC begins shipping microprocessors to Apple, WSJ reports
TSMC (TSM) has begun shipping microprocessors to Apple (AAPL) for use in smartphones and tablets, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, TSMC began shipping the microprocessors in Q2 and agreed to work together on more advanced chips next year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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